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Old 09-09-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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If you was to start an at home oil change business how would you start out? Flat rate price? How would you go about pricing? Where do you purchase your oil? Etc. I'm just open to any ideas right now. I'm a auto tech student, I currently change the oil for the majority of office workers at my moms office. But I'm looking to start doing a few more oil changes and tune ups for extra money. It takes me less then 30 minutes to change the oil, so I have been charging them $10.00 oil changes and they supply the oil and filter of their choice. I was looking to make some kind of cards or flyers, has anyone else done this?

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Old 09-10-2012, 12:07 AM   #2
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If you are going to be working on other people's cars, especially for money, you will need insurance. It only takes one person to decide you should be liable for their problem, just because you worked on the car.
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Sounds like a bad idea. I know a few independent truck mechanics who work out of their own service trucks. They have to charge a labor rate of around $50-$60 an hour just to cover expenses and pay themselves a halfway decent wage, and I doubt they have insurance. In the automotive world, oil changes are often done below cost with the hope of upselling to make money. I don't see how you could compete with that.
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